Chhattisgarh Congress infighting: Bhupesh Baghel meets Rahul Gandhi, to remain Chief Minister for now


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Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel addresses a poll rally.

Amid an ongoing power tussle in the ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will continue to remain the chief minister now. The development has come after he met Rahul Gandhi at the latter’s residence for the second time this week.

Speaking to media, Bhupesh Baghel said he has invited Rahul Gandhi to Chhattisgarh. He (Rahul Gandhi) will first visit Bastar, and inspect the various projects and works there, Baghel added.

“I told him everything. There were political as well state administrative discussions. In the end, I requested Rahul Gandhi to visit Chhattisgarh. He gladly accepted the invitation, he will be there next week,” Bhupesh Baghel said.

Baghel arrived in New Delhi from Raipur and reached Gandhi’s Tughlaq Lane residence around 4 pm for the meeting, which also attended by AICC in-charge for Chhattisgarh PL Punia.

This is the Chhattisgarh chief minister’s second meeting with Gandhi this week, as the two had met earlier on Tuesday. Gandhi had also separately met Chhattisgarh Health minister TS Singh Deo on Tuesday.

What is Chhattisgarh Congress’ infighitng?

Both Baghel and Deo had also met AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal on Wednesday, amid talks of a leadership change sought by Deo following differences between the two state leaders.

Trouble has been brewing in the Chhattisgarh Congress ever since Deo sought a change in leadership citing a power-sharing agreement on rotating chief ministership after the party came to power in the 2018 assembly polls.

Meanwhile, several legislators including a host of ministers in Chhattisgarh, camping in the national capital since Thursday, put up a show of strength in support of the chief minister.

The ministers and MLAs met AICC in-charge PL Punia at his residence and are learnt to have put their weight behind Baghel, saying the state government is providing good governance under the incumbent chief minister.

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